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Top 10 art galleries in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s cash-rich art scene features major international players such as White Cube and Gagosian, says critic Mary Agnew, but there are also smaller galleries that challenge the status quo

• As featured in our Hong Kong city guide

Tucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac in the eastern district of Sai Ying Pun, 2P is the sole art gallery on a dead-end road otherwise populated by apartments, shops and launderettes. But this modest, well-designed space boasts a programme with considerable whack – it became the first homegrown Hong Kong gallery to be accepted into LISTE at Art Basel this year; it brought with it the considerable local talents of performance artist Morgan Wong and multimedia and installation artists Magdalen Wong, Wun Ting Wendy Tai and Canadian-based Will Kwan. The tiny gallery’s openings tend to be raucous social reunions – spilling on to the street outside – for the city’s artists, curators and writers.
Shop 5, GF Poga Building, 6-20 Po Tuck Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 2803 2151, 2p-gallery.com, free. Open Tues-Sat 1pm-7pm or by appointment

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Top 10 beaches in Hong Kong

Hong Kong isn’t all banks and skyscrapers. There are plenty of great beaches to swim, sunbathe, surf and windsurf on, says Vaudine England – and don’t be put off by the shark nets

• As featured in our Hong Kong city guide

Most visitors to Lantau Island aim for the orderly sands of Silvermine Bay, the closest beach to the ferry port at Mui Wo, but better swimming can be had along Lantau’s southern coast at Upper and Lower Cheung Sha Beaches. These are the longest stretches of sand in Hong Kong, ringed by peaks and, closer by, South African restaurant The Stoep, and High Tide, a Thai-Chinese eatery where most of the ingredients are grown in its garden. Just beyond Lower Cheung Sha Beach is Tong Fuk, another fine stretch of wild sand and sea edged with rocks.
After getting the ferry from Central to Mui Wo, take buses 1, 2, 4 or A35 along the South Lantau Road

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